Strictly Discs

May 25, 2023

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We are OPEN Monday, May 29th from 11AM-4PM.

Strictly Discs Is Hiring

VINYL PRICING SPECIALIST:

Required skills:
Excellent customer service skills; ability to anticipate customer needs
Computer proficient
A passion for music, and a broad, deep base of recorded music history
Knowledge of Goldmine standards & experience grading and pricing records
Knowledge of stereo equipment/functionality
Availability to work nights and weekends
Ability to lift and carry 60 pounds repeatedly

SHIPPING CLERK:
Requirements:
• Self-motivated and independent thinker
• Computer proficiency
• Flexibility
• Strong work ethic
• High level of organization and precise time management skills
• Ability to lift 50 pounds repeatedly

Postion open - 5 days/week 8:30AM-12:30PM. Possible additional hours filling other duties, depending on experience. Includes weekends.

To apply for either position, submit letter of interest & resume to angie@strictlydiscs.com

New This Week At The Shop

Well alright, its finally Spring! This week's crop of new releases is as sweet as the weather we've had this week and here's the rundown. After announcing their dissolution on the eve of their last record, English Slint-ians BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD tease their next incarnation with 'Live at Bush Hall', said to consist entirely of new, non-album material. The London indie-folk force of nature ARLO PARKS sounds comfortable and wise beyond her years on a new one called 'My Soft Machine', in on clear green vinyl. We fell hard for the enchantingly fragile piano liminalism of GIA MARGARET on her last record and she tops it immediately on 'Romantic Piano', her first for Jagjaguwar. After a year or so out of print, SYLVAN ESSO's third album 'What Now' is back in print.
New York rapper BILLY WOODS has been releasing records for over two decades, and only recently has the wider world begin to catch on to his unclassifiable realness. 'Maps' is his latest with producer KENNY SEGAL, and it absolutely bristles with take-no-shit wordplay and sample ingenuity. The late Chicago rapper KING VON's posthumous album 'What It Means To Be King' arrives on silver and black vinyl. 'The Lost Tapes' was a 2002 collection of then-unreleased NAS tracks and has stayed very hard to find on vinyl, containing a lot of killer introspective tunes from the Stillmatic sessions. BROTHER ALI's massive 2012 album 'Mourning In America & Dreaming In Color' gets a very limited ten year reissue this week as well.
The intense, unfilitered emcee RICO NASTY does not let off the gas with their latest, 'Las Ruinas'. French (maybe?) Soundcloud rapper MYNAMEISLEONIDAS makes quite the debut on Kitsune, with an album of tripped-out, loopy trap. ARIANA GRANDE's blockbuster album 'Thank u, Next' has strangely only been available as a pricy import until a fresh pressing this week, and we celebrate a decade of CHARLI XCX with a reissue of her major debut, 'True Romance', that's been out of print for many years.
Just as his playing career began taking off in the late 50s, JOHN COLTRANE played a crucial season of gigs with the legendary THELONIOUS MONK at the Five Spot, and a few years later the Riverside label released 'Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane', an indescribably impactful LP that now gets the audiophile treatment via Craft Records. STAN GETZ & CHARLIE BYRD's Verve classic 'Jazz Samba' kicked off the bossa nova craze (still ongoing, in a way!) when it came out in 1962. To this day, there are few albums as classy, elegant, and repeat-listenable as this one, and now we've got the definitive Verve/Acoustic Sounds audiophile edition. ART BLAKEY's 'The Big Beat' gets a repress, and we've got an impressively packaged edition of the soundtrack to SUN RA's film 'Space Is The Place', which includes significant rare/unheard material across 3 LPs, plus a large booklet of photos and notes, and a tote bag which you will definitely need to carry it all.
We've come to trust the Colemine label when they bring new bands to our attention, so we dove right into this new LP from THE IRONSIDES called 'Changing Light', an intoxicating session of noirish lounge-jazz that's got just enough funk and Riz Ortolani influence. A delightful collection called 'Me, Without You. The Spring, Without You' collects the 1970s output of the Iranian singer TOURAJ, whose fun and funky pop sounds just as vital here in the present. Producer and emcee KASSA OVERALL's rocket-fueled career has seen him collab with a truly eclectic list of cats (Geri Allen, Vijay Iyer, Yoko Ono, Das Racist); his new album for Warp is called 'Animals' and it percolates with a devious energy, helped out by guests like Lil B, Theo Croker, Danny Brown, and Nick Hakim. Baa, it's been ten years since the Swedish weirdos (Sweirdos?) in GOAT blew our gourds with the hypnotic trance rock of 'World Music', and we've got a fresh edition of it with a new version of its iconic diecut sleeve.
CAROLE KING's '73 Central Park performance is memorialized on 'Home Again', and we've got a lovely new album from the timeless British folkie SHIRLEY COLLINS called 'Archangel Hill' on grass-green vinyl. The saucy vocal jazz gem 'Squeeze Me' by SALLIE BLAIR gets a repress, as well as the supremely dreamy private press folk doozy 'This Beautiful Feeling' by JAINE ROMAN-PITT.
Early in a gently arcing career that's seen him collab with everyone from Steve Reid to Skrillex, Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet played in a post-rock trio called FRIDGE. I can't speak for everyone, but the only reason I wanted to check out Four Tet back then was on the strength of Fridge's 2001 album, 'Happiness', a sweeping record of jazz-rock abstractions with titles humbly describing their contents. For the 20th-ish anniversary, Temporary Residence and Hebden have restored this one from the original masters on cream-colored vinyl. French synth-funk veterans I:Cube and John Cravache team up on an awesome record of interstellar funk as CHIMERE FM; plus we have a reissue of the deep ambient classic 'Wandermüde' by DAVID SYLVIAN and STEPHAN MATHIEU, and a new one from guitarist RALPH TOWNER on ECM called 'At First Light'.
There's no telling where THE EXPLODING HEARTS would have gone on the strength of their 2002 debut 'Guitar Romantic', a perfect combination of gritty PacNW garage and hopeful SoCal pop punk, tragically cut short by a van accident that took three of their members not long after its release. Can't believe Third Man hasn't reissued this one many times over by now! But here they are with a limited swirl-color vinyl edition. The world wasn't totally ready for triumphant, progressive instrumental metal in the late 90s but THE FUCKING CHAMPS brought it anyway. Drag City does us a major solid with a new vinyl edition of their third and greatest album, plus we've got new destroyers in from SUMAC and WOLF EYES.
Last up, some more much needed reissues! STEELY DAN's 'Countdown To Ecstasy' is back in print, CALEXICO's 'Feast Of Wire' gets an expanded 3LP 20th anniversary edition, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS altrock dirge-drama 'Purple' is reissued, and MATCHBOX TWENTY steps out with a new album called 'Where The Light Goes'.

Used Vinyl LP Alert

Used Vinyl alert time! Our selection of over 600 fresh used LPs includes some heavy hitters like Black Sabbath, Nazareth, UFO, Guns N Roses, Judas Priest, Captain Beyond, Van Halen, and AC/DC. Classic rock aplenty from Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, the Animals, the Beatles, Badfinger, Jimi Hendrix, the Beach Boys, Mott the Hoople, Fleetwood Mac, Thin Lizzy, Commander Cody, Frank Zappa, Steely Dan, David Bowie, Creedence, David Bowie, Sparks, Tom Waits, the Byrds, INXS, the Roches, U2, the Who, and many more.

A thorough run of classic country includes big must haves from Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams, David Allen Coe, Johnny Cash, and Clint Black, plus a cool selection of early country collections and some gems from Charlie Poole. A nice run of rare Sonny Terry albums joins some other blues greats like Leadbelly, BB King, Jimmy Reed, and others.

We've got jazz from Duke and Ella, the Three Sounds, Ron Carter, Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Keith Jarrett and more. Soul is in from Jerry Butler, Marvin Gaye, Frank Ocean, Chicago, and Michael Jackson. Classic electronic in from Yellow, Red Planet, and Ben Sims. International LPs include some latin gems, and cool pieces from India, Iran, the Caribbean and the Phillippines. Last up, since spring has truly sprung, we have a rather unusual number of exotic/erotic/triple X and "adults only" LPs! Please do behave.

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Yes, we are still buying! Call Ron to schedule (608.213.3610).
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